An Avoidable $2.4 Billion Cost: The Estimated Health-Related Costs of Food Insecurity and Hunger in Massachusetts

Hunger is a health issue. This report communicates direct and indirect health-related expenditures attributable to food insecurity and hunger in the state of Massachusetts in 2016. It also includes special educational costs associated with food insecurity. In this report we use the most up-to-date information available on costs of treating health conditions in Massachusetts, and […]

Executive Summary: An Avoidable $2.4 Billion Cost: The Estimated Health-Related Costs of Food Insecurity and Hunger in Massachusetts

Hunger is a health issue. Research clearly demonstrates that food insecurity negatively impacts the health of children and adults. Food insecurity and hunger are associated with low birth weight, impaired brain development, malnutrition, hospitalizations, mental health issues, diabetes and heart problems.1,2 Using modeling systems, researchers at Children’s HealthWatch simulated healthcare and educational costs of food […]

Ending Hunger in Our Classrooms: Expanding “After the Bell” Breakfast Programs for Massachusetts Students

School breakfast plays a critical role in improving health, closing the achievement gap, and reducing hunger. Research from Children’s HealthWatch and the Eos Foundation ranks 33 high poverty districts in Massachusetts on their school breakfast participation rates. Of the nearly 300,000 children in high poverty districts who were eligible for free and reduced price breakfast […]

The Affordable Housing Ripple Effect: Improving Availability of Subsidized Housing Increases Housing Stability

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Treatment Plan for Hunger: SNAP, WIC, and the Community Eligibility Provision

About the What If? Series Through the What If Project, Children’s HealthWatch is providing real and specific models of better policy futures, working toward our vision of a future where all children’s basic needs are met, sustaining their health and enabling them to reach their potential. For this brief, Children’s HealthWatch asked, “What if we optimized […]

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Supporting Young Children with Disabilities: Solutions for Improving Food Security

High costs associated with raising a child with disabilities can strain the family budget and lead to trade-offs between basic needs. Children’s HealthWatch research demonstrated that families of children with SHCN who receive SSI were more likely to be food insecure compared with families of children with SHCN not receiving SSI.